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issue: June 2004 APPLIANCE Magazine

Cover Story

page 44
Cooking Appliances
Cooking Up New Innovations
by Tina Grady, Managing Editor
The cooking sector of the appliance industry is heating up with innovative entrants into the marketplace, the popularity of customization, and the continued growth of the outdoor kitchen.

Feature Articles

page 50
60th Anniversary
60 Years Of Appliance Technology
by Tim Somheil, Senior Editor
The appliance industry has innovated ceaselessly since the first issue of this magazine was published by Dana Chase Publications in January 1944. Here, on the occasion of our 60th anniversary year, we would like to present an abridged look at just a few of the technology developments that brought the industry to where it is now.

page 55
Metals & Metal Parts
A Strong Counterpart
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
Despite an increasing use of plastic parts and components integrated into final products, appliance makers are still standing strong to the use of metal and metal parts in both appliance design and production.

page 61
Special Report: Fagor Electrodomesticos
Looking to Spain
by Paul Roggema, European correspondent
Standing on the southwest corner of Western Europe is Spanish appliance maker Fagor Electrodomesticos, a hidden jewel within Europe’s large white goods market.

page 67
Testing Equipment
Appliances for the Long Term
by David Simpson, Contributing Editor
Developments in testing equipment help keep appliances looking good and performing perfectly long after they leave the factory.

APPLIANCE Engineer®

page 29
The Open Door
Expanding Appliance Possibilities
Bill Rich, vice president of Engineering and Quality, Lennox Hearth Products
Since their inception nearly 50 years ago, electric fireplaces have relied mainly on low-tech devices such as crinkled foil, silk ribbons, and fans to mimic a flickering flame effect. However, a new development in the entertainment industry—the Digital Video Disk (DVD) player—has greatly improved the realism of electric fireplace design.

page 30
2004 IATC Best Paper Winner
Detection of Abnormal Operating Conditions in Electric Clothes Dryers
by Randy Butturini, PE, electrical engineer, Arthur Lee, electrical engineer, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bethesda, MD, U.S.
Advances in sensor technology have created opportunities to address many hazards that products can present to consumers, and this paper reports the results of experiments performed on an electric clothes dryer. The test clothes dryer was instrumented with a number of sensors and operated under normal and abnormal operation conditions. The recorded sensor data were analyzed to determine if undesirable conditions that could lead to impending hazardous conditions could be detected before developing into a consumer hazard.

page 38
Motor Technology
Brushless Motor System
The Etek Brushless Motor System from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power (Chicago, IL, U.S.) is said to offer increased performance, durability, and reduced maintenance when compared to brush-type motors used in commercial floor care equipment.

page 40
Electronics Report
Pressure - Sensitive Adhesives
The new MACBond(R) IB Series from MACtac(R) Technical Products’ (Stow, OH, U.S.) is said to offer flexible adhesive systems for a wide variety of demanding bonding or laminating applications, particularly cellular telephones.

page 43
Technology Report
Connection Device for Fluid and Air Lines
A new quick-disconnect twin tube coupling reportedly allows two tubing connections to be made at one time in a compact device, while its two separate lines protect against mixing of fluids or crossing of lines.

page 50
60th Anniversary
60 Years Of Appliance Technology
by Tim Somheil, Senior Editor
The appliance industry has innovated ceaselessly since the first issue of this magazine was published by Dana Chase Publications in January 1944. Here, on the occasion of our 60th anniversary year, we would like to present an abridged look at just a few of the technology developments that brought the industry to where it is now.

page 74
Engineering - Rapid Prototyping
Curing Developmental Headaches
by Jill Russell, Assistant Editor
Egyptian appliance maker Olympic Group saved costs and dramatically decreased its development timeframe by implementing rapid prototyping and 3D prints into the initial design process.

Production

page 77
Label Production - Outdoor Appliances
A Permanent Solution
by Tina Grady, Managing Editor
Outdoor equipment maker The Toro Company has been revered for its advanced applications of small-engine technology for the home and garden. The company has always prided itself that its products—lawnmowers, riding mowers, and snowblowers—have earned a reputation for durability.

News Section

This Month's News Headlines

page 17
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Index - Majors and Comfort Conditioning Appliances for the month of March 2004

page 18
U.S. Appliance Industry Shipment Statistics
Factory Unit Shipments for the month of March 2004

page 20
European Report
European CE Makers Deal with Asian Pressures
Paul Roggema, European correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
European consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers are worried about low-cost Chinese imports.

page 20
China Report
Price War Inevitable in China’s Air-Conditioner Market
Sean Zhang, China correspondent, APPLIANCE magazine.
Despite a consensus to stop cut-throat competition among the local air-conditioning traders, industrial sources said that the price war was likely to continue in China this year.

Departments

page 26
People
Steve Church of George Koch Sons, LLC
Whether it is on the soccer field or in the boardroom, Evansville, IN, U.S.-based George Koch Sons, LLC President Steve Church believes a team approach is the most effective way to operate—both personally and professionally.

page 9
Appliance Line
60 Years and Counting
Editorial from Lisa Bonnema, Editor, APPLIANCE Magazine
Over the last 6 decades, APPLIANCE has been faithfully following the industry, making improvements and changes throughout the years to more accurately represent the ever-evolving global appliance marketplace.

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